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Ayushi Tandel

When a non-CS major takes CS

When I began my freshman year at Stanford almost eight months ago, I was pretty set on never taking a computer science class. I’d never coded before, and I’ve always considered myself to be a little technologically challenged. Moreover, I didn’t even know what ‘computer science’ meant, and I was perfectly okay with never finding…

The Stanford winter olympics

It’s no secret that Stanford is a breeding ground for Olympic athletes. In fact, the Card has contributed at least one medalist to every Olympic Games that the U.S. has participated in since 1912! That adds up to 270 medals for Stanford and its affiliates alone over the years — 139 gold, 73 silver and…

Thirteen things you should know about Holi

1. The Indian subcontinent celebrates the festival of colors, also known as Holi, during the spring. This year, Holi fell on March 1 and 2. 2. But actually, there’s a story behind it … 3. Long story short: A demoness was burned to death with the help of Lord Vishnu. A classic happily ever after.…

Heroes of humanity

There are lots of mainstream movies about humans doing crazy, spectacular things for survival, for honor and for others. “127 Hours,” “Interstellar” and “Schindler’s List,” just to name a few. When I watch movies like these, I often think about what it takes to go beyond our human limitations of fear to do great things. Is…

What does being an adult mean?

As a freshman in college who isn’t 18 yet, I have a plethora of embarrassingly sad stories to share. For one, I got carded while buying cough medicine and was left defenseless against the freshman plague. There was that time I couldn’t participate in any psych studies, because they wanted adults only. And my personal…

“Black Mirror”: A window into the reality of the future

Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers and information regarding the Netflix phenomenon “Black Mirror.” Upon watching an episode of “Black Mirror,” there are many different reactions people have. Fear, despair and sadness, just to name a few. However, a few of the episodes leave viewers with feelings of hope and introspection. I think the producers and…

Internships, traveling and service galore

The beginning of a new year makes us ask ourselves plenty of questions. What resolutions will we keep? What are our hopes for the new year? And most importantly, what the heck are we doing this summer? For some, summer plans are already definite. Whether it’s an internship, a research opportunity or a startup they’re…

Have a pun-derful Dead Week!

As we near the end of the quarter with countless deadlines and projects whizzing by, it’s important to take some time to just laugh and take a breather. I think laughter keeps us sane, so here’re some humorous life lessons I’ve learned from my many years on Earth: Never ask a mathematician about infinity. Seriously,…

Pool, ping pong and frosh dorm culture

One thing I’ve grown to love about our Stanford campus is its welcoming and open aura. Whether it was your RA’s screaming your name on move-in day, your first real conversation with a professor or your first college football game, we’ve all experienced Stanford’s open arms at one point or another. Like many other freshman,…

Winter at Stanford: Sweaters, fuzzy socks and hot chocolate

For some, the beginning of winter means snow days, relaxing by the fire and enjoying the company of friends and family. But on a campus like Stanford, winter is pretty different from what we see in Hallmark Christmas movies. Yes, it got colder. Yes, the days got shorter. But amidst the bleak skies and chilly…

How to make Halloween a Hallo-win

Let’s face the facts! It’s the day before Halloween, you’re exhausted from the weekend, and you probably procrastinated putting together an actual costume. I know what you’re thinking: You can just be something simple, like a lifeguard … or a cat … or a devil. These costumes may be quick and easy, but they will…

An invitation to kindness

Whether it’s the passing smile of a stranger or the comforting hug of a friend, we’ve all experienced little moments of kindness that brighten our days. On the Stanford campus, it’s these simple acts that foster an atmosphere of community and support. Chyna Mays ‘21 names receiving “free pizza and Gushers from upperclassmen during Admit…
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